Friday, November 21, 2014

Bits and Pieces 12th Edition

Hi guys!  Time for another Bits and Pieces posts.  

First thing...my Whirley Pop giveaway ends TONIGHT at midnight.  I'll pick a winner in the morning.  Don't forget to enter.
If you already have a Whirley Pop, you should still enter and give one to your favorite person that doesn't have one.  I used mine this week to make a double batch of kettlecorn that was INHALED in minutes by six hungry boys having a playdate.

Have you started having holiday cookie exchanges with your friends yet?  I went to one last night with ladies at church.  I made seven layer bars, which are always a favorite.

This week I've done a bit of baking, kind of just using whatever I have in my cupboards and freezer.

I had some coconut and random baking chips and nuts to use up, so besides making seven layer bars  I also made sweet and salty granola.  I've been eating it for breakfast every morning on vanilla yogurt.  It's super yummy!

I've actually made dinner every night this week (which is good for me, especially since things have been super busy and crazy at my house lately).  My daughter is in a play, Willy Wonka, and her performances are tonight and tomorrow.  They've been having crazy long rehearsals every day this week.  I've had to either have dinner ready for her to take to rehearsals right after school or take it to her at 6:00.  I think she was impressed that we had a real dinner every night, not cereal.  :)

I cleaned my oven yesterday and boy was it stinky!  I made a double batch of banana bread to make my house smell a little better and to feed the kiddos a snack after school.  And I got to use up the mashed bananas that I've had stashed in the freezer.

I took my kids to see Big Hero 6 last week.  I was really surprised that I liked it so much.  I thought it was cute.  Have you seen it?

Did you notice my favorite Thanksgiving recipe pictures with links on my sidebar?  

We have some big things going on at my house.  I'll share more next week.  Crazy, big, sad and exciting changes.  :)

Have a great weekend!  Check back tomorrow to you see if you won the Whirley Pop.  Your chances are pretty good.  :)
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicken Angelo

Don't forget to enter the Whirley Pop giveaway.  It ends tomorrow!

Am I the only person that asks their friends what they're making for dinner all the time?  That's kind of why I started this blog, because I want to know what my friends are making for dinner.

The other day I asked my friend, Juli (who is great cook), what she was making for dinner.  She told me she was making Chicken Angelo.   Then she told me what's in it.  I knew I had to try it too because she has some picky eaters at her house like I do.   I figured if they'll eat it then maybe it was worth a try at my house.
This Chicken Angelo pasta has my favorite things, artichoke hearts and mushrooms in it.  But don't be fooled into thinking that my family likes these things too.  Because they don't.  They won't touch an artichoke or mushroom with a ten foot pole.

That being said, my family loved this pasta dish.  They even gave me the go ahead to make it again.  They loved the chicken and noodles.  And I got to eat all the mushrooms and artichokes, which was okay with me.

Don't leave the artichokes and mushrooms out.  They add yummy flavor to the sauce.  You just don't have to make the haters at your house eat them.

These noodles actual taste yummier as leftovers, so this is a great make ahead dish.  Make it in the morning and let the flavors intensify in the fridge until you warm it back up at dinnertime.

Chicken Angelo
recipe from my friend, Juli

  • 2 or 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces or strips
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 small can mushrooms (or use fresh and add 1/2 c. chicken broth)
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts with liquid
  • cooked pasta (like angel hair or spaghetti)
  1. Brown chicken pieces in a little olive oil at medium high heat with fresh minced garlic.
  2. Once brown, reduce heat until cooked through.
  3. Add Italian seasoning, mushrooms with liquid, vinegar and artichoke hearts (with liquid).
  4. Cook over low heat about 15 to 20 minutes or until sauce reduces a bit.
  5. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and add to chicken/sauce mixture. Toss until well coated and serve.
  6. (Even better the next day, so feel free to make it ahead of time.)
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Korean Fire Meat

Have you ever had Korean Fire Meat, or bulgogi?  It's a grilled marinated beef that is sliced very thin and eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf.  It's really yummy.

However my kids aren't really into eating mat wrapped in lettuce, so I adapted the recipe to fit into their food comfort zone.  Meat and rice.  

I've combined the same flavors into a slow cooker version of Korean Fire Meat.  The meat marinates while it slow cooks in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and garlic.
I've been making this for a long time.  It's a fun way to slow cook a beef roast.  We eat it on rice topped with a little of the marinade broth, toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.  Or you can wrap the meat in a lettuce leaf, like traditional Korean Fire Meat. 

And the best part is it takes only a few minutes to prep and you have a yummy dinner waiting for you later that day.  A great Sunday dinner idea!



Slow Cooker Korean Fire Meat

  • 2 - 3 lb beef roast
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 1.5 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. Tbsp. sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • thinly sliced green onion
  1. Pat roast dry and sprinkle with sugar (using more if you have a large roast and less if you have smaller roast). It just needs to have a layer of sugar over the top. Place roast in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together soy sauce, beef broth, sesame oil and garlic cloves. Pour over beef into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or until beef shreds easily.
  4. Shred meat and pour some broth mixture over it, so it's not dry.
  5. Top with lightly toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion.
  6. Serve over steamed rice or wrap in a lettuce leaf.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 301 Menu

Hi guys!  We had our first dusting of snow yesterday.  Too bad it is mostly gone.  I'm not quite sure if I'm ready for winter yet.  I think I need to buy some cute boots first.  Any suggestions?  
Things are super busy at my house this week.  I have lots of things I want to blog about, but I'm not sure if I'll get to it.  

Don't forget about the WHIRLEY POP GIVEAWAY!  Remember you need to leave a comment (or three) on the giveaway blog post to enter.  I'll pick one lucky comment to be the winner.  :)  

And don't not enter just because you already have a popcorn popper.  You NEED a WhirleyPop.  I have an air popper too and use it to make buttered popcorn.  But the WhirleyPop has a special place in our kitchen and is used often!  

Menu time...

Monday: taco salad

Tuesday: blts

Wednesday: chicken strips and baked fries

Thursday: pizza

Friday: pancakes

Saturday:  frito pies

Sunday:  easy

What are you making this week?  I love it when you share!  Have a great day!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Whirley Pop GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi guys! Today is the day I've been waiting for for a long time! It's the day I'm going to start my WHIRLEY POP GIVEAWAY!
My Whirley Pop popcorn popper is one of the favorite things I have in my kitchen.  I use it at least once a week.

We make our own kettlecorn at home  (see how here).   It's super yummy.  It's really fast to make.  It's pretty healthy.  And it's fun!  You can make other kinds of popcorn in the Whirley Pop, but we stick to kettlecorn because we love it so much.

The Whirley Pop is the perfect gift too (for yourself) or for someone you love.  I've given quite a few away.

This post is sponsored by me because I love blogging and I'm grateful for those of you that read my blog.  :)


So, how do you win this WHIRLEY POPThere are THREE WAYS to win, so increase your chances of winning by doing all three.  So, if you do all three things, leave three separate comments in this post.

1.  Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me what you're making for dinner tonight (or what you ate last night).  Don't forget to leave your email address if it's not in your sign-in profile.

2.  Like "What is on your menu this week?" on Facebook!  Then leave me a comment in this post telling me that you "like" me.  If you previously liked my blog on facebook, then tell me "I already liked you on Facebook" in a comment.  (find my facebook page here)

3.  Post about the giveaway on your facebook page or your blog.  Then leave me a comment IN THIS POST telling me so.  

The giveaway will close next Friday, November 21st at midnight MDT.  You must live within the United Stated.  I'll email the winner.  If I don't hear from the winner within 48 hours, then another winner will be chosen.  

I choose the winner by having a random number generated using the number of comments from THIS POST, so you make sure you leave your comments on THIS post and not on facebook.  Thanks!

Good luck everyone!  

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Whirley Pop Kettlecorn Recipe

My Whirley Pop popcorn popper is one of my favorite things in my kitchen.  I love it so much I'm going to GIVE ONE AWAY to celebrate my 300th week of menus this week.!  See the details here.

I thought I'd tell you about my favorite popcorn to make in the Whirley Pop.  I blogged about it back in 2011, but thought it deserves another post.

I got my own Whirley Pop back in 2009 (I loved it so much I blogged about it here).  I've given Whirley Pops away as Christmas and birthday presents to pretty much everyone in my family and to some friends too.  It's a great gift!

We used to buy kettlecorn during the summer from a kettlecorn stand that would set up in a parking lot on weekends or occasionally at the farmers market.  It was a treat that my kids loved, but I hated paying $6 a bag for it.

I haven't bought a bag of kettlecorn since 2009!  Because we make it at home.  It's super yummy, easy, cheap and fast!

It's the perfect snack for a kids over for a playdate.   I've taken it to school for my kids' class parties.  And of course we have it for family movie nights.

I love to make it with coconut oil, but canola oil is just as good.  I love the slight hint of coconut (and my husband who doesn't really like coconut loves it too).
You can add as much sugar or oil as you'd like, making it slightly sweet or really sweet and crunchy.  A little sugar and oil goes a long way.

 Here's how to make the best homemade kettlecorn!



Whirley Pop Kettlecorn
  • a little less than 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. coconut oil (or 1 - 2 Tbsp. canola oil)
  1. Pour oil, sugar, and popcorn kernels into Whirley-pop on the stove over med high/med heat.
  2. Stir, stir, stir while it heats up and the kernels pop. Three minutes later all the kernels should be popped. 
  3.  Pour into a bowl and lightly salt. Enjoy!
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Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win your own Whirley Pop.  (Or if you already have one you can give it someone you love.)